OBITUARY

Robert Earl Ervin

August 13, 1934September 13, 2021
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Robert Earl Ervin, 87 of Oakland, TN formerly of Bartlett passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Monday, September 13, 2021. Mr. Ervin was a sports writer for the Commercial Appeal for 32 years, was a huge fan of Delta State, the Fighting Okra, where he attended college, an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi where he played the drums in the high school band and went on to play the drums in his college band, also formed a swing band with his cousin Jimmy after graduating from college. Mr. Ervin loved his soap operas, Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, and was a big Hollywood Movie Buff. He served in the U.S. Army, was very respectful and honored the military as well as those who served, his entire life. Mr. Ervin was a Catfish & Hot Tamale connoisseur. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids, was a season ticket holder at the Memphis Orpheum working his way to the front. He had the best life-long friends who he played golf with and was also a member of Bartlett United Methodist Church. Mr. Ervin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nita Eloise “Sugar” Ervin in 2017; and is survived by his children, Robert Stewart Ervin (Teresa) of Drummonds, TN, Tish Marie Turner (Michael) of Oakland, TN, Hal W. Ervin of Brighton, TN and Deborah Ann Filler (Kurt) of Keithville, LA; grandchildren, Jonathan, Brandi, Dustin, Josh, Brad, Sommer, Dalton, Lance, Grace, Kyler and Wes; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Palmer, Hindrix, Mary Ashton, Austin, Barratt, Tenley, Addy, Lyle, Leia, Noah, Kaylie & Kristina. The family will receive guests beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and a funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021 both at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN. Customary remembrances may be sent to the Dream Center in L.A., 2301 Bellevue Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90026 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Memphis. Online condolences may be sent at www.memphisfuneralhome.net

  • FAMILY

  • Nita Eloise “Sugar” Ervin, (wife) (deceased)
  • Robert Stewart Ervin (Teresa), (son & daughter-in-law)
  • Tish Marie Turner (Michael), (daughter & son-in-law)
  • Hal W. Ervin, (son)
  • Deborah Ann Filler (Kurt), (daughter & son-in-law)
  • Jonathan, (grandchild)
  • Brandi, (grandchild)
  • Dustin, (grandchild)
  • Josh, (grandchild)
  • Brad, (grandchild)
  • Sommer, (grandchild)
  • Dalton, (grandchild)
  • Lance, (grandchild)
  • Grace, (grandchild)
  • Kyler, (grandchild)
  • Wes, (grandchild)
  • Skylar, (great grandchild)
  • Palmer, (great grandchild)
  • Hindrix, (great grandchild)
  • Mary Ashton, (great grandchild)
  • Austin, (great grandchild)
  • Barratt, (great grandchild)
  • Tenley, (great grandchild)
  • Addy, (great grandchild)
  • Lyle, (great grandchild)
  • Leia, (great grandchild)
  • Noah, (great grandchild)
  • Kaylie, (great grandchild)
  • Kristina, (great grandchild)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Will Receive Guests

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

Memories

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Ted Weirich

September 15, 2021

I worked with Bobby (Erv as we called him) at the Commercial Appeal from 1985 to 1991. I was a college student working part time as an editorial assistant in the Sports Department. When I first started, Erv scared me a little bit. He had a gruff, intimidating way about him. I soon realized that Erv wasn't nearly as mean as he wanted me to think he was. Whenever he talked to his kids or his wife on the phone, it was easy to see that he was a loving, dedicated family man. When he was too busy to get his own dinner, he always asked me nicely if I minded going out for him and never told me to or expected me to. He treated me like an equal. I enjoyed working with him so much that the last couple of years that I was at the paper, I aligned my schedule so that I was always there with Erv. He taught me not only the importance of the words used, but the importance of how those words appeared. I still use those lessons in my work today.

Erv also taught me about life. He once told me that I should look for work outside the newspaper business because the nature of the work and lifestyle made it hard to be a good family man and be available to be a good husband and father.

My condolences to the Ervin family. I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with Bobby and I'm certain you are feeling the loss of him in your lives. I know he's watching over you, keeping up with his soaps, listening to some Dixieland jazz and following his "humpties".

Bailey Smith

September 14, 2021

Pop was the best adoptive grandpa ever. He and Mawmaw treated me like their own granddaughter. I love all the memories I have with Grace and Pops and the dates we would take him on. He even gave Grace and I his coveted Orpheum tickets to see Wicked one time. He always had the best Youtube videos to show you as well. I will always have a special place in my heart for Pops.

Leon Miller

September 14, 2021

Bobby and I were friends through high school and at Delta State College in Cleveland. Bobby played drums and I played trombone.
We spent many happy days together hunting . Bobby was a very good and faithful friend.
Our relationship goes further back; he introduced me to his hillbilly cousin and I married her. We have had 68 wonderful years together.
I will miss his friendship and his great sense of humor.
Keep an eye out for me, Bobby!

Ann Miller

September 14, 2021

Bobby, & I , were family as well as close friends, for life.
He was a lovable person who was dear to his family and friends.
We kept in touch all these years. Last year he was one day late wishing us a happy 68th Anniversary. "The Yenta", He arranged Leon and my first date.
He adored his adorable children and grands, as well as great grands. They returned that love so beautifully.
Bobby, was my Aunt Lucy's, grandson, and she would be so proud of all of his troops. He had so many of her wonderful qualities.... the love of Family being number one.
God Blessed him and his children with Eloise, who was his perfect counterpart, and a loving mother to his children.
They share a remarkable legacy.
I look forward to seeing Bobby, in heaven . He'd made those arrangements too.
Love, Joy ,and Peace to you all
Ann Hollingsworth Miller

Anna Faye House

September 13, 2021

Bobby was a special friend of mine. We had many good times together in high school and college. . I was so happy that I got to visit with him about a week before he went to his heavenly home. He was blessed with a special wife and family. He loved his children, grandchildren and great grands.
Love to each of you family members.

Anna Faye House

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Biography

Robert Earl Ervin, 87 of Oakland, TN formerly of Bartlett passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Monday, September 13, 2021. Mr. Ervin was a sports writer for the Commercial Appeal for 32 years, was a huge fan of Delta State, the Fighting Okra, where he attended college, an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi where he played the drums in the high school band and went on to play the drums in his college band, also formed a swing band with his cousin Jimmy after graduating from college. Mr. Ervin loved his soap operas, Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, and was a big Hollywood Movie Buff. He served in the U.S. Army, was very respectful and honored the military as well as those who served, his entire life. Mr. Ervin was a Catfish & Hot Tamale connoisseur. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids, was a season ticket holder at the Memphis Orpheum working his way to the front. He had the best life-long friends who he played golf with and was also a member of Bartlett United Methodist Church. Mr. Ervin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nita Eloise “Sugar” Ervin in 2017; and is survived by his children, Robert Stewart Ervin (Teresa) of Drummonds, TN, Tish Marie Turner (Michael) of Oakland, TN, Hal W. Ervin of Brighton, TN and Deborah Ann Filler (Kurt) of Keithville, LA; grandchildren, Jonathan, Brandi, Dustin, Josh, Brad, Sommer, Dalton, Lance, Grace, Kyler and Wes; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Palmer, Hindrix, Mary Ashton, Austin, Barratt, Tenley, Addy, Lyle, Leia, Noah, Kaylie & Kristina. The family will receive guests beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and a funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021 both at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN. Customary remembrances may be sent to the Dream Center in L.A., 2301 Bellevue Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90026 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Memphis. Online condolences may be sent at www.memphisfuneralhome.net